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Surviving the spotlight at 15; Megan and Mary have been there


When "Anne of Green Gables" arrived, teen-aged Megan Follows was startlingly good. More startling was the way she often avoided big-time films and TV afterward, instead doing Shakespeare and Ibsen and such.

Now -- 30 years after being cast as Anne -- she's back on TV in "Reign," which starts Thursday (Oct. 17). I have mixed feelings about the show, but not about Follows. Here's the story I sent to papers:


"Carrie Diaries": There was fun before sex (and before the city)


Let's forgive 1984 for trickle-down economics, cocaine, "Hawaiian Heat," "Partners in Crime," lingering disco music and "Finder of Lost Loves." It was still a time for optimism; and CW's "The Carrie Diaries" is an entertaining show.

"Diaries" introduces Carrie Bradshaw in '84, when she was merely dreaming of sex and the city. The second episode (rerunning at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan.25) and the third (8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, rerunning that Friday) are flawed but fun. Here's the story I sent to papers:

CW network detours yet again


Any visit to the CW network  brings mixed feeling. This has been the network of slick, sleek shows for young adults; it's also been the network of "H8R," clearly the low moment for television in this millennium.

Now CW offers some interesting switches and detours. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

LOS ANGELES – After six years of
dodging the big guys, the CW network still keeps switching direction.

CW schedule has hints of the WB glory days


Television lost a lot of flash and fun, when the energetic WB network merged with the blander UPN. The result -- CW -- has had its good moments, but not enough of them.Meanwhile, bits of the old days linger at www.thewb.com.

Now I was glad to see hints of the WB legacy on CW's new schedule for this fall. Here's the story I sent to papers this morning:

By MIKE HUGHES

Five years after the death of the WB
network, there will still be shadows of it this fall.

Fitness trainers? TV can find them up North


Growing up in Wisconsin, I probably should have become a fitness trainer. Then again, I probably should have become fit.

Being a trainer is one quick route to reality TV. Here's a story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

Reality TV has special needs these
days.

It needs cooks and designers and anyone
with a tattoo. And it especially needs fitness trainers.

Fall TV line-up: Now it's complete


Now the fall TV picture is complete.



The last to announce was tiny CW. Here's the story I sent to paper this morning; for the other networks, please check my earlier blogs this week:

By MIKE HUGHES